Urmston Market held a spectacular summer fair yesterday, with fairground rides, a fire engine, craft stalls and all our favourite regulars. Peppa Pig led a veritable team of celebrity animals, including Ted the Red and the market buzzed with shoppers and children all day long.
People came from far afield to check out the summer fair and many local people rediscovered Urmston’s lovely market, no doubt planning to return next week.
The recession has not been kind to small-town markets and the stallholder’s lot is not an easy one in rain and hail and hurricane-force winds (and that’s the month of May in Manchester) so it’s really important to support Urmston Market – not because it’s some sort of charity case but because there are bargains and one-off treasures to be found there.
Take, for example, Steve’s DVDs – the matter-of-fact-yet-poetic name of Steve’s stall contradicts the truly special nature of this sci-fi fan’s paradise. From the Dalek version of Frustration currently being enjoyed by my little son to a rare light saber like the one in the films, Steve’s stock offers a whistle stop tour around the sci-fi map of the universe. Steve owns his own Darth Vader outfit – perhaps one day he will wear it on the stall!
The fair was supported by Stretford and Urmston MP Kate Green who tweeted a comment from one of the stallholders that Urmston needs a market because ‘it brings the community together’. Tucked away from Urmston‘s central shopping zone, Eden Square, the market is a hub of independent traders, each of its jolly wooden stalls promising something different from the last. Urmston market is open on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays all year long: use it!